Thursday, January 23, 2014

Reviews: The Legacy of Boggy Creek/Half-Human/Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter/Bigfoot (1987)

Review: The Legacy of Boggy Creek (2011)

Really awful, in all aspects

This unfortunate excuse of a movie,clocking in at just over 68 minutes, purports to tell the continuing story of the Fouke Monster since 1972, extending into midwestern states like Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. It tells several fictional tales, mostly of aggression from the creature and some people being killed or injured, with one of the worst suits I have ever seen. I can't decide if this is supposed to be parody or what, but it is pretty bad. On my famous scale of 1-10, this one gets a 1 1/2, and that is only because I am feeling generous.

Review: Half-Human (Japanese Version, 1955)

Really good, and inspired Loren Coleman's lifelong quest for answers in Cryptozoology

This movie, made by the same studio that brought us Godzilla and completely in Japanese with no English Subtitles, is really a good story which is fairly easy to follow. It follows a group of Japanese adventurers in what is presumably the Himalayas where they go skiing, but get involved with what appear to be a series of unusual attacks by a large creature. They eventually encounter this being, a large Yeti, which has an offspring as well. There is also a village with a group of people who are all engaging in inbreeding and have a violent patriarch who apparently likes to beat women. Not exactly family fun and enterainment, but it is not too bad a movie other than that aspect. The villagers and the adventurers run across the two Yetis and chaos ensues. I will not give away too much more, but it is actually a very interesting movie, if a bit on the strange side. Pretty good suit too for 1955. I give this one an 8 1/2 out of 10.

Review: Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter (1995)

Not too bad, could be better

This movie stars Home Improvement Oldest Kid Zachary Ty Bryan as Cody, a young man who seems to like adventure and getting into trouble; David Rasche (Sledgehammer!) as a rich industrialist who wants a dead Bigfoot at all costs to put on display; Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Abominable, Seinfeld) as a Park Ranger determined to do his job and do it well, as well as trying to protect the Bigfoot; Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives) as a professor wanting to put her name in the history books with a Bigfoot capture and Rance Howard (Sasquatch Mountain, The Andy Griffith Show) as a local determined to help out the Ranger with anything needed to help out the Bigfoot. The Bigfoot costume in this is pretty good, and is the one used on some of the recreations on Finding Bigfoot. The basic story is a professor and a rich industrialist each have plans for the capture of a Sasquatch, and the young man runs across the creature after it saves his life from a bear trap and a hungry grizzly. After a member of a hunting party goes missing, the rangers search for him and for Cody, and find...well, I will not spoil it for you. I enjoyed this movie, but the plot was a bit thin. About a 7 out of 10.

Review: Bigfoot (1987)
Pretty good, great star power by two of the actors

This was a Disney TV-Movie made for the younger set, but benefits from great performances from Colleen Dewhurst (Murphy Brown) as anthropologist Gladys Samco and Joseph Maher (Sister Act) as unscrupulous hunter Jack Kendrick, out to bag a Sasquatch (Gladys believes in protecting them). A young pre-Full House Candace Cameron (Bure) co-stars as a young girl named Samantha, paired up with her future stepbrother Kevin who run into two "Sasquattle", a male and female, who help the injured girl and then take the kids as their own because their own child was apparently killed. As Kendrick attempts to capture a Bigfoot, Gladys, with the help of Samantha and Kevin's parents, attempt to protect the two Sasquatches and keep the kids safe at the same time. The suits for 1987 were really good too, although much more like a caveman than anything else. I would give this one a 9 out of 10. I really did enjoy this one, considering I had not seen it in over 25 years.

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